Biosecurity legislation

​Call 1800 040 629 or email New Biosecurity Legislation to find out more about the Biosecurity Act 2015 and what it means for you.

The Biosecurity Act 2015 commenced on 16 June 2016, 12 months after royal assent, replacing the Quarantine Act 1908 (Quarantine Act). Just as with the Quarantine Act, the Biosecurity Act is co-administered by the Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Water Resources and Health.

Primary legislation and regulations

Draft amendments

The government is proposing amendments to the biosecurity legislation that will provide additional powers to prevent and control exotic mosquitoes capable of carrying Zika virus and other disease-carrying vectors at Australia’s airports and seaports.

The proposed amendments also strengthen Australia’s ability to manage ballast water in ships. They will provide additional protection for coastal environments from the risk of marine pest incursions by fostering new ballast water treatment technologies and phasing out ballast water exchange.

The amendments will position Australia to ratify the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediment.

A copy of the Biosecurity Amendment (Ballast Water and Other Measures) Bill 2017 is now available on the Parliament of Australia website.

Delegated legislation, declarations and determinations

Delegated legislation includes declarations and determinations that support operation of the Biosecurity Act. Some delegated legislation is available on the department’s website, while other instruments are published on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Referenced lists and standards

Biosecurity Import Risk Analyses (BIRA) Regulation and Guidelines

The Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis Guidelines 2016 are available on the department’s website.

How the Australian Government’s import conditions are changing

Read more about how Australian Government import conditions are changing.

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Contact us for more information

Call 1800 040 629 or email New Biosecurity Legislation to find out more about the Biosecurity Act 2015 and what it means for you.